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May 31st 2019

The scene of the Katimavik School of the Marguerite Bourgeoys Sch ool Board will be named Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The unveiling of a first agreement between the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board (CSMB) and the Orchester Métropolitain (OM) to promote student access to music took place this afternoon in the presence of the President of the CSMB, Diane Lamarche-Venne, OM Director General, Jean R. Dupré, and the Artistic Director and Chief of OM, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. On this occasion, students performed choral, guitar and dance performances. Taking advantage of Yannick Nézet-Séguin's presence, Katimavik School dedicated its new scene to the name of the famous Quebec maestro.
May 22nd 2019

YANNICK AMONG THE 100 MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE IN BUSINESS according to fastcompany.com

Yannick Nézet-Séguin‘s first task upon arriving at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in September 2018 was figuring out how to make the 135-year-old institution culturally relevant—and thereby stabilize ticket sales—without isolating its most loyal fans. “We have to undo decades of thinking that this is an art form only for the initiated,” the conductor says. To this end, he’s begun inviting high school music students to attend orchestra rehearsals and be mentored by musicians, both to acquaint a new generation with the institution and to help the Met’s staff “stay in touch with what young people’s preoccupations and aspirations are.” (He’s planning similar programs for costume and set design.) He’s commissioned two operas by women—a milestone in the Met’s history—and adaptations of modern novels by Michael Chabon and George Saunders. And while part of the Met’s appeal is the experience of going to the fabled Lincoln Center, that can be intimidating for newcomers. The Met will also hold pared-down performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Central Park, and locations beyond New York in upcoming seasons.
February 2nd 2019

PERSPECTIVES ARTIST at CARNEGIE HALL (New York)

Four artists were chosen as PERSPECTIVES ARTISTS by the prestigious Carnegie Hall for the season 2019-2020. For the 20th season of the PERSPECTIVES SERIES, the choices are the Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner; the Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin; the Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; and the singer Angélique Kidjo. This wonderful award will allow them to offer more concerts in Carnegie Hall and to share their most personal choices with the audiences. As a PERSPECTIVES ARTIST, Yannick will appear nine times next year, in this legendary venue, with three of his regular orchestras: the Philadelphia Orchestra (5 concerts), the New York MET Orchestra (2 concerts) and the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (1 concert, the first one of this orchestra at Carnegie Hall). Four of the five concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra will be devoted to the complete cycle of Beethoven's symphonies whose 250th anniversary will be celebrated in 2020. A host of renowned soloists will perform in their company, such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hélène Grimaud, Joyce DiDonato, Elza van den Heever, Rolando Villazon, Mihoko Fujimura, Blue Angel, Quinn Kelsey and the Westminster Choir. One of the concerts will allow the audience to hear Yannick play piano to accompany his dear friend Joyce DiDonato in a very personal interpretation of Schubert's masterpiece Winterreise.
January 30th 2019

First American Tour of the OM

After having achieved masterful successes in November 2017 by presenting his Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal in Europe, Yannick will introduce them to his American families in November 2019. They will be accompanied by the prodigious singer and good friend Joyce DiDonato in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), Chicago Symphony Hall and Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor).
December 13th 2018

La Traviata at the cinéma

On Saturday, December 15, live from the Metropolitan Opera New York, see Verdi's opera La Traviata, the new production directed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, at the cinema near you. Replay at later dates.
November 17th 2018

The best International Tour Award to the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal

On the occasion of the closing ceremony of the CINARS 2018 Biennale, one of the most important international meetings of the performing arts, which brings together more than 1,550 professionals from 40 countries in Montreal, the Quebec Arts and Letters Council has awarded the Best International Tour Award at the Orchester Métropolitain. This prize is awarded every two years to the Quebec organization that has distinguished itself by the exceptional quality of a tour outside Quebec. Congratulations to everyone!
May 30th 2018

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has signed an exclusive contract with the yellow label Deutsche Grammophon

Many interesting projects accompany this signature, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (New York), the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE), the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal); in addition, a retrospective box set with the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest will be launched during the 100th jubilee of this ensemble in June. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will continue his long time collaboration with the label Atma Classique and the OM.
December 15th 2017

A new CD with Lisa Batiashvili

This new album recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and titled "Visions of Prokofiev" offers essentially the two Violin concertos, as well as selected movements of his famous ballets with their very recognizable tunes (*Cinderella*, *Romeo and Juliet*, *The Love for Three Oranges*). The collaboration of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a guarantee of ultimate quality for the CD that the listeners will have to wait for until February 2, 2018.
November 13th 2017

A fifth Honoris Causa Doctorate for Yannick Nézet-Séguin!

Preceding a concert with the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal at the Claude-Champagne Hall on November 21, 7:30 pm, the *Université de Montréal* will award an Honoris causa doctorate to Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin for his huge work and numerous success here as well as at an international level.
September 7th 2017

Yannick wins the Oskar Morawetz Award

The Oskar Morawetz Award for excellence in musical interpretation was presented to Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the beginning of a concert of the Orchestre Métropolitain on Thursday, September 7th at the Maison symphonique of Montréal. The reknowned composer’s daughter, Mrs. Claudia Morawetz, presented the Award after a short speech pronounced by Mrs. Marie-Elizabeth Brunet from the Ontario Arts Council. Recent recipients include conductor Bramwell Tovey (2015), mezzo-soprano Judith Forst (2013), cellist Shauna Rolston (2011) and flautist Robert Cram (2009).
July 29th 2017

Another Echo Klassik Prize for Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

After receiving in 2014 the title of *Conductor of the Year*, for his recording Stravinski-Stokowski with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin wins another Echo Klassik Prize for the Best Opera Recording up to and including the 17th and 18th centuries inclusively.
July 21st 2017

Yannick Nézet-Séguin becomes an Honorary Member of the prestigious Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Yannick has accepted an invitation from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe to become an Honorary Member.  Following their most recent Mozart collaboration on La Clemenza di Tito in Baden Baden, the musicians of the COE wished to bestow Honorary Membership on Yannick in recognition of their special relationship; a title he will share with Bernard Haitink, Sir Andras Schiff and Alice Harnoncourt.  This title carries no contractual obligation or minimum commitment and serves only to acknowledge how highly the musicians value their relationship with Yannick. 
May 31st 2017

Le Robert illustré 2018

Already present since 2015 in the Petit Robert of proper names, the name of Yannick Nézet-Séguin will also appear in Le Robert illustré as of the 2018 edition.
February 16th 2017

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct Parsifal and Elektra at the MET in 2017-2018

The Metropolitan Opera (MET) of New York has revealed his new season this morning. Music Director designate, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will conduct two of the most fascinating productions of the repertoire, Richard Wagner's Parsifal in February 2018 and Richard Strauss' Elektra in March 2018, the first one produced by François Girard and the second one by Patrice Chéreau.
December 6th 2016

Yannick Nominated at the Grammy's

Deutsche Grammophon recording of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Luca Pisaroni, Sonya Yoncheva, Thomas Hampson, Angela Brower, Rolando Villazon, Regula Mühlemann, Anne Sofie von Otter, Maurizio Muraro, Philippe Sly, Jory Vinikour, Benjamin Bayl and the wonderful Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin is nominated for the Grammy Awards, in the category "Best Opera Recording".
December 5th 2016

Today, we commemorate 225 years since the death of Mozart

To commemorate 225 years since the death of Mozart, Universal has created a new edition of Mozart's works in a 200-disc set in which 70% of the content has been renewed. The Don Giovanni recording engraved by Deutsche Grammophon in 2012, by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the singers Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Vitalij Kowaljow, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Luca Pisaroni and Mojca Erdmann appears proudly in this Mozartian bible.
November 24th 2016

Yannick will introduce his Orchestre Metropolitain to Europe.

For the first time in 36 years, the Montreal Orchestre Métropolitain will tour in Europe from November 26 to December 3, 2017, accompanied by soloists Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Alexandre Tharaud, Jean Guihen Queyras and Stéphane Tétreault. They will visit Dortmund, Cologne, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam (Concertgebouw) and Paris (2 concerts in the Philharmonie), and will present two magnificent concert programs. The talent of Yannick Nézet-Séguin being recognized in the world, the doors opened to welcome this wonderful orchestra and its leader who have evolved together for 16 years.
November 23rd 2016

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain record together for Deutsche Grammophon.

After making many records (see Discography) around the world with several orchestras including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the prestigious yellow label, Yannick invites Deutsche Grammophon to record in Montreal , with the Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón and the Russian bass ultimately Abdrazakov with the Orchestre Métropolitain. The release of the album is scheduled for September 2017.
November 19th 2016

Cinars awards a tribute Prize to Yannick Nézet-Séguin

The CINARS Biennale paid tribute tonight at Yannick Nézet-Séguin, one of the most important ambassadors of classical music of his generation. A unique conductor praised by critics and the public in Québec, in Canada and abroad, Mr. Nézet-Séguin revives different traditions of classical music and opera with unusual rigor and energy. Artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchester Métropolitain since 2000, Music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012 and of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become in 2020/2021 the third Music Director of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera of New York. His infectious enthusiasm inspires outstanding performers around the world and renews the experience of music and opera in such renowned houses as La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London and the Carnegie Hall in New York .
November 18th 2016

Yannick at the CORIM

The conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be the guest of the CORIM (Conseil des Relations Internationales de Montréal) on Thursday November 24, under the theme: "When Québec talent abroad inspires decision-makers here and everywhere."
October 28th 2016

Yannick to receive an OPERA NEWS Award

Opera News Editor in chief, Mr. F. Paul Driscoll, has annouced today the names of the recipients of a 2017 «Opera News» Award. Five artists, among them conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will be celebrated for their major contribution to the Opera World. More information
October 27th 2016

A Félix for Mahler 10

The Félix for the Album of the Year—Classical/Orchestra and large ensemble was awarded to Mahler 10 at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ (Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la video).
Montreal, QC ― October 4th 2016

Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Way

Alexandra Szacka draws an intimate portrait of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's success holds to the priviledge relation he nourishes with the public, and most of all with his musicians. Explanations.

“The greatest generator of energy on the international podium”

The Financial Times